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IN THIS ISSUE ...

Making Headlines at AAOE this week
  • Be the Change — Volunteer Today!
  • Financial Controls — 5 Ways to Prevent Embezzlement
  • Member to Member: 'Share Your Experience!'

  • Compliance Corner
  • 10 Tips for Avoiding HIPAA Violations in Social Media

  • Calendar of Events
  • Calendar

  • Meet Your Leadership
  • Committee Member Spotlight: Jennifer Ale-Ebrahim
  • Leadership Quote of the Week

  • Within Your Practice Walls
  • How to manage an underperforming employee
  • Survey: Compensation top concern for most physicians
  • Doctors bail out on their practices
  • ONC, CMS push back against suggested meaningful use delay
  • Healthcare CFOs sing reform blues
  • Missed diagnoses, drug errors are major cause of malpractice suits
  • How ICD-10 will benefit physicians


  • MAKING HEADLINES AT AAOE THIS WEEK

    Be the Change — Volunteer Today!
    AAOE
    Are you ready to be active in AAOE? Take charge and have a say in the association direction and execution! We have several committee/council openings that are waiting for you.
    • Communications Council — Member-at-Large (3 positions)
    • State and Regional Societies Committee — Member-at-Large (1 position)
    • Technology Committee — Member-at-Large (2 positions)
    • Advocacy Council — Member-at-Large (no limit)
    • Education Council — Member-at-Large (1 position)
    • ALPS Committee — Member-at-Large (2 positions)
    • Membership Council — Member-at-Large (1 position)
    • Benchmarking Committee — Member-at-Large (1 position)
    Apply Now!
    (To read the charges, composition, and time commitment for each position, please click here.)

    Return your application, along with your CV, via email to info@aaoe.net, or fax, to 317-805-0340. Chairs will review applications and you will be contacted with their vote. Together we will continue AAOE's legacy as the premiere association for orthopaedic practice executives and their staff.
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    Financial Controls — 5 Ways to Prevent Embezzlement
    AAOE
    Most physicians do not spend enough time thinking about financial controls unless they have been the victim of embezzlement so it usually falls on the practice managers list of responsibilities. As in any position of financial responsibility, you should not just welcome strong internal controls; you should intentionally structure and provide it.
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    Member to Member: 'Share Your Experience!'
    AAOE
    You just completed a project. You just learned a new way to provide additional efficiencies to your clinic. You just completed a new physician compensation structure. Your peers at AAOE are interested in hearing about these experiences. Sharing these experiences is what the AAOE is about! We can learn from each other to make our members stronger executives. This benefits all of us! Every member, including myself, has a project or experience to share. Don't hold back ... now is your chance!
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    COMPLIANCE CORNER


    10 Tips for Avoiding HIPAA Violations in Social Media
    AAOE
    While physicians and health care providers consider social media as a viable means to better communicate with patients or to market their services, they must understand that there are particular practices that they must maintain, as to not violate HIPAA regulations . Recently, a physician was reprimanded and fined by state regulators for inadvertently identifying a patient through a Facebook post. Social media platforms can be very effective tools, so here are some suggestions and guidelines to help avoid violating patient privacy.
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    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Time (EST) Event More Information
    July 25 12 - 1:30 p.m. Urgent Care [P2P] Details
    Aug. 1 12 p.m. Utilizing the AAOE Benchmarking Survey; Using Key Performance
    Indicators [P2P]
    Details
    Aug. 8 12 - 1:30 p.m. Surviving the Storm: Maintaining an Independent Medical
    Practice in Today's Environment
    Details
    Aug. 29-30 Georgia Association of Orthopaedic Executives (GAOE) Annual Meeting Details
    Sept. 20-22 Bones Society of Florida (BSOF) Annual Meeting Details

       [P2P]: AAOE Peer-to-Peer Audio Conference
       [HTW]: Hot Topic Webinar


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    MEET YOUR LEADERSHIP


    Committee Member Spotlight: Jennifer Ale-Ebrahim
    AAOE
    Council/Committee: AAOE Board-Member at Large, Secretary for the Board, State and Regional Society Committee
    Practice name: Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine at Cypress, LLC
    City/state: Wichita, Kan.
    Group size: 6 Orthopaedic Surgeons, 4 Mid Level Practitioners, 3 Physical Therapists
    Hobby: Swimming, cycling, traveling
    Favorite quote:  "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you
    have imagined." — Henry David Thoreau
    Best book ever read: Roots
    Favorite movie: Star Wars and Star Trek Movies

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    Leadership Quote of the Week
    John Maxwell
    "The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails."
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    WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE WALLS


    How to manage an underperforming employee
    By Karen Childress
    No matter how thorough you are when screening and hiring employees, every now and again you're going to end up with someone who doesn't perform up to standard. And occasionally long-term staff members will begin to exhibit poor work habits, become less productive than usual, or lose interest in their work. When you realize you have an underperforming employee, the first thing to consider is the reason behind the behavior. Here are five common causes for poor performance, followed by suggestions on how to handle each one.
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    Survey: Compensation top concern for most physicians
    ModernMedicine
    More than half of the physicians questioned in the 2013 Physician Practice Preference Survey said compensation is their greatest career concern. According to the survey conducted by The Medicus Firm, just 32.8 percent of physicians were satisfied with their 2012 compensation. The rest of the physician pool reported earnings that did not match the workload, except for the minority that were beyond satisfied with their income.
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    eClinicalWorks offers a comprehensive EHR solution, so Practice Management works in concert with the entire eClinicalWorks line. It is just one part of an inclusive product, combining an EMR, PM, community health exchange, reporting system, mobile system, patient messaging system and patient Web portal.


    Doctors bail out on their practices
    CNNMoney
    Doctors who own private practices are looking for a way out. Fed up with their rising business expenses and shrinking payouts from insurers, many are selling their practices to hospitals. It's happening nationwide and has picked up pace, said Tony Stajduhar, president at Jackson & Coker, a physician recruitment firm.
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    ONC, CMS push back against suggested meaningful use delay
    iHealthBeat
    During a Senate Finance Committee hearing, CMS officials pushed back against lawmakers' requests to delay the meaningful use program, Modern Healthcare reports. National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari and Patrick Conway — director of CMS' Center for Clinical Standards and Quality — testified during the hearing.
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    Healthcare CFOs sing reform blues
    HealthLeaders
    Despite the prospect of millions of newly insured patients, many hospital and health system finance executives are not expecting healthcare reform to be a boon to their organization's bottom line. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is designed, in part, to provide more patients with health insurance through expanded Medicaid eligibility and the introduction of government-run health insurance exchanges that will allow low-income individuals to purchase medical coverage at a subsidized rate.
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    Be the Change — Volunteer Today!
    AAOE
    Are you ready to be active in AAOE? Take charge and have a say in the association direction and execution! We have several committee/council openings that are waiting for you. Together we will continue AAOE's legacy as the premiere association for orthopaedic practice executives and their staff.

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    The Right Accountant Will Save You Money
    AAOE
    The right accountant can be a huge asset to any medical practice. A great one will help it run with efficiency, increase profitability and protect it against fraud.Evaluate your accountants and make sure they are giving you the necessary advice and controls to increase your bottom line.

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    911 — Beware Standard Form Software and Hardware Contracts
    AAOE
    Many physician practices routinely sign standard form software and hardware contracts without conducting a critical review of the contract to assure that the contract terms are consistent with the practice's expectations and provide adequate protection for the practice.



    Missed diagnoses, drug errors are major cause of malpractice suits
    HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
    Most malpractice claims against primary care doctors are the result of drug errors and missed diagnoses, particularly of cancer, heart attack and meningitis, a new review finds. Researchers analyzed 34 studies published over the past two years, including 15 studies based in the United States.
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    How ICD-10 will benefit physicians
    PhysBizTech
    Physicians have reason to question the timing and value of ICD-10 as they have many competing priorities due to a multitude of concurrent regulatory, technology and industry changes. Many see ICD-10 as "salt in the wound." However, ICD-10 offers potential value to physicians if leveraged and utilized correctly. Physicians who take decisive steps to fully integrate ICD-10 into their clinical practice stand to benefit in several ways. So, yes, ICD-10 implementation is an investment in time, but it presents physicians with five benefits that have the potential to be major game-changers.
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